Intraoral Digital Impression is a method that allows a dental professional to capture a replica of a patient’s teeth and gum using lasers and other optical scanning devices and generate the image on a dedicated computer screen. Without the use of conventional impression material, the digital impression scanner can capture clear and highly accurate impression data very quickly. Most patients find this method of acquiring the dental impression easier as it is more comfortable than the use of conventional impression methods.
Digital impression images can be captured in 2 ways, either as a digital video or as digital photographs, which provides the dental professional with a series of images. Capturing the image is done via a digital optical scanner which is safe and highly accurate, but requires powder-coating the teeth with a special spray prior to scanning to ensure all parts of the impression are recorded properly or a laser which uses safe and very precise concentrated lights.
Digital Impressions present many benefits. It increases effectiveness by using very accurate scanning systems. By integrating it into a practice it increase efficiency as well as productivity. It saves time by allowing the dental professional to digitally send the impression to the laboratory instantaneously rather than using regular mail. Finally an intraoral digital scanner can easily be combined with an in office milling machine to create same day restorations thereby eliminating the need for multiples dental appointments.
Intraoral Digital Impression presents other benefits such as:
Better impression quality which helps create better-fitting restorations
Reduced of chair time and less dental visits
Reduced anxiety for patients and the dental team
Reduced impression-taking errors and elimination of material inaccuracies therefore decreasing restoration mistakes.
Better engagement from patients who appreciate the new technology as they can see the treatment process because they can see their impressions on-screen chairside.
Better time management as the scan of the teeth being restored, as well as the opposing teeth and bite, can be completed under 5to 7 minutes.
The digital impression can be stored electronically indefinitely, which saves space, contributes to efficient recordkeeping, and supports a paperless dental practice.